Theory, Practice, and Policy
Author: Barry W. Hancock,Paul M. Sharp
This anthology of original primary source materials explores the major components of the American justice system, introducing new ideas and approaches that strive to improve the current justice system toward a more effective and efficient whole, rather than perpetuating the status quo. Coverage features an overview of criminal justice, highlighting some of the more controversial issues in the field; a brief history of police in America, including police stress, personality, policing in the community, and the future of law enforcement; the importance of understanding judicial structure and procedural mechanisms; the corrections system, examining a wide range of issues and ideas as well as the general structure and workings of correctional institutions and agencies; the structure, organization, and intent of the juvenile justice system as compared to the larger adult system; public policy, considering the structuring, implementation, and effectiveness of crime related policies and their effect on today's citizens. For criminal justice, criminal psychology/sociology, law enforcement, and legal professionals.